cfp: aerospace and Nostalgia SHOT Philadelphia October 2017

Guillaume de Syon's picture
Call for Papers
March 22, 2017
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Popular Culture Studies, Social History / Studies, Historic Preservation

I would be interested in hearing from anyone interested in joining a panel on the theme of "aviation and nostalgia" to be held at SHOT in Philadelphia this year (see ) The deadline for panels is 3/31/17, so I would like to have an proposals in hand for selection by March 22, 2017. 

Rationale: In the realm of cultural studies of aerospace, memory has appeared as a subject of study, though generally as part of wider issues of aeronautical identity. Often overlooked, however, is the facet of nostalgia, whch has fed popular culture (airshows, airline branding, fan literature, comics, etc.) A general question to be considered involves how nostalgia affects not just the image but the cuture of aeronautics. Is there in fact an ideology of aviation? Is it a fad-driven thanks to marketing? Does it borrow from other tools of mobility?

I am looking for either 3-4 papers or, if there is a strong response, perhaps a round-table where common themes would be shared and hashed out in a discussion. Please email me ( by March 22, 2017.

Contact Info: 

Guillaume de Syon, Albright College, History Department, 1621 N 13th street, Reading, PA 19612-5234

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